Nation-Building, Identity and Citizenship Education

  • Joseph Zajda
  • Holger Daun
  • Lawrence J. Saha

Part of the Globalisation, Comparative Education and Policy Research book series (GCEP, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Main Trends and Issues in Identity and Citizenship Education

  3. Cultural Identity: Case Studies

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 189-197

About this book


This book examines issues surrounding the nation-building processes, and identity and citizenship education in the global culture, from various perspectives. Globally, there are increasing arguments both for the democratisation of education and for the use of education to promote a democratic society, based on equality, and social justice. It is argued that authentic and democratic schools could better prepare for active citizenship and for a strong civil society which are seen to be the foundation of a democratic state.

The book critiques the dominant discourses and debates pertaining to cultural identity, set against the current climate of growing social stratification and unequal access to quality education for all. It opens discourses related to globalisation and the state, and approaches to constructing national, ethnic and religious identities in the global culture. It explores the ambivalent and problematic relationship between the state, globalisation and the construction of cultural identity.


Civic Education Intercultural Education Multicultural Education Po Policy construction of cultural identity culture democracy education education education policy higher education identity formation identity politics nation-building processes

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph Zajda
    • 1
  • Holger Daun
    • 2
  • Lawrence J. Saha
    • 3
  1. 1.Australian Catholic UniversityMelbourne CampusAustralia
  2. 2.Stockholm UniversitySweden
  3. 3.Australian Catholic UniversityCanberraAustralia

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